The Anatomist's Wife

The Anatomist's Wife

A Lady Darby Novel

Paperback - 2012
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"A riveting original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting...a book you won't want to put down."-- New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn

Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the cream of London society, Kiera is unable to hide from the ire of those who believe her to be as unnatural as her husband, an anatomist who used her artistic talents to suit his own macabre purposes.

Kiera wants to put her past aside, but when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to utilize her knowledge of human anatomy to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage--a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn't about to let her guard down as accusations and rumors swirl.

When Kiera and Gage's search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to both protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2012.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780425253281
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 21 cm.


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martha_w Aug 01, 2017

This is a good readalike for fans of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, or Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. The bones are familiar -- an aristocratic lady unexpectedly thrust into a murder investigation, thereby becoming an amateur detective, plus a romantic subplot -- but it's a well-executed story, and I didn't guess the killer, despite lots of wild (incorrect) guessing. My only complaint is the presence of the occasional anachronism, both in the dialogue and in Lady Darby's internal monologue; this wasn't enough of an issue to detract too much from my enjoyment of the book, though.

ArapahoeJenny Nov 21, 2016

This is a good book to read on a rainy day with a cat in your lap and a cup of tea on the table next to you. The first in the Lady Darby series, this novel introduces us to a female detective with an unconventional backstory. Mystery, and a touch of romance!

Nov 05, 2016

I haven't finished reading this book, yet. It was described as Jane Austen-like. No, it is not. It is merely set in the 1830s. This story could be easily set in the 1970s with a snow storm, phone lines being down and a lack of electronic communication. I'm sure I will enjoy the book, however when your taste is set for tea and you get soda, it's quite a shock.

Oct 29, 2016


Barbara5060 May 06, 2013

It was interesting to have the main character be an outcast of society. Her being the "obvious" murderer in the party only adds to her being the target of people's malicious comments. The plot was different, and therefore intriguing. Enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next book in the series!

Mar 25, 2013

This was a great mystery novel that will appeal to fans that like a little character drama thrown into the mix. Lady Darby is a controversial woman and it was awesome to have a woman do some detective work. Loved the animosity between Lady Darby and Sebastian Gage - looking forward to seeing more of the two in the next one!


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